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    Texas State Aquarium

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    So far the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi has been the best aquarium we have visited. The museum is a little pricey ($35.95 with a $2 discount on the usual eligibilities) but it is a nonprofit organization and well worth the price. The aquarium is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and rehabilitation of the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico. It is the largest aquarium in Texas and one of the largest aquariums in the United States.
    The aquarium was originally conceived by a coalition led by the Junior League of Corpus Christi and named the Gulf Coast Zoological and Botanical Society, the organization changed its name to the Corpus Christi Aquarium Association in 1978, and then to Texas State Aquarium Association in 1986 after the Texas State Legislature designated it the "Official Aquarium of Texas", although it would receive no state dollars.
    After more than 20 years of fundraising, planning, and building, the Texas State Aquarium opened its first exhibit to the public on July 6, 1990. In 1993, the aquarium became a federally permitted animal rehabilitation facility, and in 1995, it was accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
    On May 13, 2017, the Texas State Aquarium opened Caribbean Journey, an expansion which doubled the size of the Aquarium and added new exhibits including a 400,000-gallon shark exhibit and a jungle aviary as well as a 4D theater.
    What makes a visit to the Texas State Aquarium special is that all the exhibits give you an up close and personal feel with the animals in the display. This place has more ‘touch’ exhibits than I have seen anywhere and they are closely monitored by knowledgeable staff. Current exhibits at the aquarium include:
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    Caribbean Jungle which features flamingos, free-flying birds, a two-toed sloth, and other species in a naturally-lit jungle. Guests walk along a simulated jungle pathway and can look into the aquatic exhibits below. While this is not a ‘touch’ exhibit you are very close to the animals
    H-E-B Caribbean Sea is a 400,000-gallon aquatic exhibit contains sandbar sharks, stingrays, and other species. Guests can view the exhibit from the longest acrylic display window in North America or walk through an acrylic tunnel giving you the feel of being in the water with these magnificent creatures.
    Coral Reef replicates the features of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef off the coast of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve; the Coral Reef exhibit gives an immersive look at these incredible ecosystems and the colorful fish that call them home. This exhibit includes angelfish, goatfish, butterflyfish, and parrotfish. This immersive exhibit reveals a unique and often unseen aquatic habitat, the deep underwater caverns that can descend hundreds of feet below sea level. Like many of the exhibits Coral Reef has an acrylic "bubble" that you can go under and stick your head in to give you a unique perspective.
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    The 400,000-US-gallon Dolphin Bay saltwater exhibit houses four Atlantic bottlenose dolphins: Liko, Schooner, Shadow and Kai. The Atlantic dolphins put on an educational dolphin presentation, two to three times per day. After the show you can speak with trainers about how they interact with their dolphins as well as learn more about how to conserve and protect the world's oceans.
    All of the raptors featured in the Eagle Pass exhibit were rehabilitated at the Texas State Aquarium and cannot be released back into the wild. The exhibit includes a bald eagle named Grace.
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    Tentacles is an 800-gallon exhibit contains a variety of jellyfish and sea nettle, most of which can be found in the Gulf of Mexico.
    The Flower Gardens exhibit replicates a coral reef, this 40,000-gallon exhibit features Atlantic tarpon, green moray eels, and cownose stingrays.
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    Hawn Wild Flight Theater features a variety of trained birds including parrots, hawks, owls, and falcons. The Hawn Wild Flight Theater honors the Hawn family for their long-standing commitment to the aquarium's mission of wildlife education and conservation in South Texas. The theater was opened April 24, 2007.
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    The Islands of Steel exhibit recreates the habitat formed around an oil platform. The 125,000-gallon exhibit includes nurse sharks, amberjack, Atlantic tarpon, grouper, a barracuda, a sand tiger shark, and many other species that could be found in a naturally occurring habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.
    At the Living Shores exhibit you can interact with hermit crabs, lightning whelks, and pencil urchins that reside in several touch pools at this exhibit.
    Otter Creek has Two North American river otters that reside at the aquarium and can be viewed interacting with one another and their trainers throughout the day.
    Saving Sharks is an interactive, informative exhibition designed to entertain and inform shark fans.
    At Stingray Lagoon you can touch Atlantic and cownose stingrays. This is the aquarium's largest outdoor touch pool.
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    At Tortuga Cay you can view the rehabilitated and unreleasable sea turtles above and below the water. Tortugay Cay includes three green sea turtles (Squirt, Pickles, and Crush), one kemp's ridley sea turtle (Daisy), one hawksbill sea turtle (Hemingway), and a loggerhead sea turtle (Tiki).
    As you can see there are many exhibits and with so much interactivity (viewing bubbles, touch tanks, and shows) you should plan a whole day at the aquarium. Of course for me – I’m hanging out watching seahorses! For some reason they fascinate me!
     
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    While in the Corpus Christi, TX area make sure you plan a visit to the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. This 182-acre showcase on Oso Creek offers a unique and varied take on botanical gardens.
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    The center was formerly known as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. The gardens can be traced to 1987 when a 1 acre cottage garden and nature trail opened in Corpus Christi. Today's gardens are on a different site that opened in 1996. The gardens have been actively developed since that time. The Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail site, with a birding tower overlooking Gator Lake. Save some time at the end of your hike for the recently expanded and remodeled Nature’s Boutique in the Visitors Center.

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    Major gardens and floral exhibits at the botanical garden include Orchid and Bromeliad Conservatories; Butterfly House; Rose Garden and Pavilion; plus Children’s Play Area, including the Monkey Mansion Treehouse; Plumeria, Sensory, Arid, Hummingbird, Tropical, and EarthKind Demo Gardens,. Other development includes upper and lower native habitat trails, wetland boardwalk, Palapa Grande, and Birding Tower on two wetland estuaries.
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    The site also contains a mesquite nature trail through 30 acres (120,000 m2) of brush. It features some 35 species of woody trees and shrubs, herbs, grasses, and cacti, as well as white-tailed deer, collared peccaries, and coyotes. Admission is $8 with a $2 deduction for all the standard items.
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    While in the Corpus Christi, TX area make sure you plan a visit to the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. This 182-acre showcase on Oso Creek offers a unique and varied take on botanical gardens.
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    The center was formerly known as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. The gardens can be traced to 1987 when a 1 acre cottage garden and nature trail opened in Corpus Christi. Today's gardens are on a different site that opened in 1996. The gardens have been actively developed since that time. The Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail site, with a birding tower overlooking Gator Lake. Save some time at the end of your hike for the recently expanded and remodeled Nature’s Boutique in the Visitors Center.

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    Major gardens and floral exhibits at the botanical garden include Orchid and Bromeliad Conservatories; Butterfly House; Rose Garden and Pavilion; plus Children’s Play Area, including the Monkey Mansion Treehouse; Plumeria, Sensory, Arid, Hummingbird, Tropical, and EarthKind Demo Gardens,. Other development includes upper and lower native habitat trails, wetland boardwalk, Palapa Grande, and Birding Tower on two wetland estuaries.
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    The site also contains a mesquite nature trail through 30 acres (120,000 m2) of brush. It features some 35 species of woody trees and shrubs, herbs, grasses, and cacti, as well as white-tailed deer, collared peccaries, and coyotes. Admission is $8 with a $2 deduction for all the standard items.
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    Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

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    Corpus Christi, like many cities, has districts where like activities are collocated. In the case of Corpus Christi it’s the SEA (Sports, Entertainment, Art) district. Many of the cities museums are here and an extended stay will get you into this area multiple times. When you are here make sure you visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. The museum was established in 1957. Among its many displays covering an area of over 40,000 square feet are many artifacts found in the wreck of the Spanish ship San Estaban a cargo ship that was wrecked in a storm in the Gulf of Mexico on what is now the Padre Island National Seashore. The display includes the world's oldest mariner's astrolabe (used before the sextant) with a confirmed date of 1554. An extension to the museum opened in May 1990 to house the Shipwreck! exhibition.
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    The museum also has an extensive display on the Texas oil industry as long as historical artifacts. Additionally, there is a planetarium which runs two very entertaining films on a continuous loop. Admission to the museum is $10.95 with the standard discounts getting $3 off.
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    Let’s face it; I’m not a big fan of art. The only thing I know about it is that some of it looks good to me and some does not. I don’t have any clue what the artist was ‘feeling’ or what his motivation was (other than to make enough money not to starve). Since I have retired I have, for some reason, found myself in a number of art museums. One reason is that it is usually an inexpensive way to whittle away a good chunk of bad weather day.
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    The Art Museum of South Texas is in the SEA (Sports, Entertainment, and Art) district of Corpus Christi. The museum is associated with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and focuses on fine art and craft of the Americas with particular interest in Texas and surrounding states, including those in Mexico. The museum has been in operation since 1945 starting as Centenial Art Museum. It moved to its current location in 1972 and had its opening festival at the new location in October. In 1995 the Legislature of the State of Texas appropriated special funding to have the Art Museum of South Texas affiliated with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and administered as a cooperative joint venture. The museum underwent a major expansion in 2006. The expansion was designed by internationally renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta and doubled the gallery and exhibition space of the Art Museum. The expansion was funded by private sector donations and community support.
    I really liked some of the art and sculpture in this museum. It was aesthetically pleasing and really required no interpretation. There is very little modern or abstract art and when there is it is easy to ‘get’, like the big ball made of folding lawn chairs!
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    USS Lexington

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    USS Lexington is a decommissioned US Navy Aircraft carrier that is on display in Corpus Christi, TX. As an active ship Lexington was launched on 23 September 1942 at Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA. During World War II she was the recipient of 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Following the war, Lexington was decommissioned, but was modernized and reactivated in the early 1950s. In her second career, she operated both in the Atlantic/Mediterranean and the Pacific, but spent most of her time, nearly 30 years, in Pensacola, FL as a training carrier. Lexington was decommissioned in 1991, with an active service life longer than any other Essex-class ship. Following her decommissioning, she was donated for use as a museum ship. In 2003, Lexington was designated a National Historic Landmark and is the oldest remaining fleet carrier in the world.
    While still active, Lexington, with the blessing and cooperation of the Navy, served as a filming location at sea for two different films. The films were the feature movie Midway and the TV miniseries War and Remembrance. In both cases, she was altered to the extent possible to resemble other vessels, Enterprise (for War and Remembrance) and Yorktown (for Midway) by adding antiaircraft cannons and operating World War II-vintage Navy aircraft. As a museum Lexington was also used (though tied up to her pier) for filming of the 2001 film Pearl Harbor, where she was altered to resemble a Japanese carrier, as well as Hornet.
    Lexington is set up with 5 self-guided tours that are easy to navigate. Given that you are in a shipboard environment and you will need to navigate narrow passages, ladders and ship hatches which are designed with the sole purpose to damage knees and noggins. The five different routes cover 100,000 square feet and eleven decks, so you get to see a good portion of the ship. You explore at your own pace and will discover the many stories behind the ship. You can tour in any order, but make sure you see it all. Each tour is unique and features interactive displays to take your adventure to a whole new level. If you have questions along the way, look for “yellow shirt” volunteers (many of whom served on USS Lexington!) They know all the ins and outs of the ship and are happy to assist you.
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    Since you enter the ship on the hanger deck this is the tour route you are likely to take in first. During wartime this deck stored as many as 60 aircraft. Maintenance, refueling and rearming of these aircraft took place here. Unchanged in size since WWII, the hangar deck measures 654 feet by 70 feet, is 17.5 feet high, and covers 40,000 square feet. The deck is divided into three bays that could be sealed off by electrically operated fire doors. Each bay contains its own conflagration (CONFLAG) station for station damage control. For an extra fee there is a 15 set F/A-18 flight simulator that you can experience.
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    On the flight deck tour you will see how high-speed catapult launches, arrested landings, air operations and aircraft refueling all took place on this 910-foot long and 142-foot wide airport. The original flight deck was a long rectangle but jet aircraft demanded a separate landing and take-off area, so in the 50’s the ship underwent major modifications including the angled flight deck, which allowed her to serve another 36 years. Points of interest on deck are take-off and landing control stations and arresting gear, anti-aircraft gun mounts and many vintage aircraft.
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    The Foc’sle (Folk’Sell) tour takes you through the forward part of the ship and consists of those decks just below the flight deck. Foc’sle is a vernacular for forecastle, a forward upper deck area that extends to the bow. The Foc’sle Tour begins on the starboard side of the hangar deck towards the bow (front of the ship). The forecastle is the area of the ship where the equipment to raise and lower the anchors is located. Anchoring was a complex maneuver performed by boatswain mates (“bosuns”) who operated and maintained the equipment. The anchoring process was precisely coordinated between the bridge and the foc’sle. In addition to this equipment, the foc’sle area is now used for various exhibits.
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    The gallery tour takes you through the warfighting part of the ship. This is an area where information is gathered and evaluated and battle plans are formed. Since Lexington served over a long period of time and underwent many overhauls and conversions she had several different configurations. Each display takes the time to explain what era you are looking at and what the area was before that conversion This tour area is below the flight deck and consists of the Combat Information Center (CIC), which collected and evaluated all information on the status of USS Lexington, other friendly ships, and enemy forces. The CIC directed the ship’s performance in close coordination with the air operations center (AirOps) and the carrier air traffic control center (CATCC) next door.
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    In the lower decks tour you will learn how USS Lexington was powered by one of the most efficient and dependable propulsion systems ever installed on a U.S. warship. The power plant consists of four turbine engines fired by eight boilers, that created 150,000-horse power and a top speed of 33 knots. Since I have experience in Naval Engineering I was disappointed that more of the engineering spaces are not available for tour but I think this is an area where the general public would have little interest. Also on this route see how the up to 3,000 crewmembers lived during months at sea. This tour route also has the “Warbirds & Warships Scale Model Gallery”.
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    A MEGAtheater (similar to IMAX) was added in the forward aircraft elevator space. Lexington was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003. The ship is carefully maintained, and areas of the ship previously off-limits are becoming open to the public every few years. One of the most recent examples is the catapult room.
     
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    Great update, Pudge. That's really cool!
     
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    Love the old ships! I been to the Battleship North Carolina (BB-55) twice and to the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) once. I couldn't have been a submariner, by the end of the tour I was very uncomfortable.
     
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    International UFO Museum and Research Center

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    I’ve probably mentioned, several times, that most of my adult life was spent in the birthplace of Benedict Arnold. It always amazed me that the city cannot make any decisions that benefit the tax payer. Well, he was a traitor you say. I will quickly point out that Salem, MA makes millions off of its history of the government approved murders if innocent people who were accused of being witches! Winslow, AZ is on the rebound thanks to its decision to popularize itself on a quick mention in the Eagles song “Take it Easy”. Well the winner of the ‘spin it to your benefit’ contest is Roswell, NM. By the way the correct pronunciation is “Rozwell”. Roswell, NM should be a stop on any travel list. There is a lot to do and plenty of restaurants to enjoy, we recommend “Pepper’s”. The most obvious stop when in Roswell is the International UFO Museum & Research Center. The center is right in the downtown district and is surrounded by UFO themed gift shops. The center is focused largely on the 1947 Roswell Crash and later supposed UFO incidents in the United States and elsewhere. The center was founded in 1991 and is located in a former movie theater from the 1930s. The museum contains an extensive library and exhibits all focused on the history of UFO encounters.
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    For those who are unfamiliar with the ‘Roswell Incident”, an unidentified flying object crashed on a ranch northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, sometime during the first week of July 1947. Rancher W.W. “Mack” Brazel said later he found debris from the crash as he and the son of Floyd and Loretta Proctor rode their horses out to check on sheep after a fierce thunderstorm the night before. Brazel said that as they rode along, he began to notice unusual pieces of what seemed to be metal debris scattered over a large area. Upon further inspection, he said, he saw a shallow trench several hundred feet long had been gouged into the ground. A day or two later, Brazel drove into Roswell, and reported the incident to Sherriff George Wilcox, who reported it to Maj. Jesse Marcel, intelligence officer for the 509th Bomb Group, stationed at Roswell Army Air Field.
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    The debris site was closed for several days while the wreckage was cleared, and Schmitt and Randle say that when William Woody and his father tried to locate the area of the crash they had seen, Woody said they were stopped by military personnel who ordered them out of the area.
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    The military has tried to convince the news media from that day forward that the object found near Roswell was nothing more than a weather balloon.
     
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    Lori and I both love to go to the zoo. Me, I’d personally like to be closer to the animals (c’mon, who doesn’t want to hug a tiger?), while Lori is more the safe distance spectator. If you are near Roswell, NM check out Spring River Park and Zoo. This is a wonderful park that has a modern, small zoo covering about 34 acres of parkland with five main zoo areas located on the grounds. These areas include:
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    Some of the highlights of the Capitan Trail include the River Bottoms Exhibit in which several of our small native animals are showcased against a red clay river bank including foxes, bobcats, and raccoons. Further along is the wonderful natural Plains exhibit with bison, prairie dogs and burrowing owls. The prairie dog town features about 80 of these fascinating critters descended from a dozen or so animals brought here when the nearby Wool Bowl Stadium was built.
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    The Coyote Country and Wolf Woods each cover 2,500 square feet exhibits across from a large paddock where the deer and the antelope play! The trail culminates in the spacious, naturalistic enclosures of the Mountain Habitat housing mountain lions and black bear.
    The Children’s Zoo features a variety of animals that are child friendly including lemurs, birds of prey and a herd of pigmy goats.
    The developing World Safari Exotics area contains a few large cats. The cougar was the only animal on the prowl during our visit.
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    The ranch area has Texas Longhorns and miniature horses. The replicated ranch house façade has many of the types of plants and flowers our grandmothers planted around the ranch houses at the turn of the century. The World Safari is planned around the existing train track and currently houses South American Llamas.
    Visitor service area with the concession, miniature train and antique wooden horse carousel
    Unique to our Spring River Park is the antique wooden horse carousel located in the heart of the park. This rare treasure is one of about a hundred left in the country and features hand carved horses from various artisans and even a few from foreign countries. People come from all over to see the carousel on their travels. The park has seasonal concession services so check before you go.
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    A miniature train was added in 1976 to give rides around the park and has become a popular tradition. The park also features a small lake, covered picnic shelters, an accessible play ground and shade trees for the visitor’s comfort. At Christmas time the park transforms into a small Christmas village and the Roswell Christmas Train provides transportation. During the holiday season there is food and entertainment in the park each day.
     
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    We get a membership to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens every year. Getting discounts at many other attractions is gravy on the potatoes.
     
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    Roswell, NM is a unique city. There are a few cities that we have come across that remind me of the prize fighter who has been knocked down and then gets off the mat and wins the fight. Roswell is one of those towns. At one point it was a hub of military aviation. In the Nixon era Walker Air Force Base (formerly Roswell Army Air Field) was closed as were many in New England and elsewhere. Today the former airstrip still exists but it is primarily a commercial aircraft bone yard where all kinds of jetliners that are no longer airworthy are cannibalized for parts.
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    The only flights arriving to the airport originate at Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix. Since there are only a few commercial flights into the Roswell International Air Center there is little of the terminal used. Some of the left over area is now the Walker Aviation Museum while a larger, more suitable location is determined. While the museum is small there is a lot of information, you will find historical information about the base and the men and women that served our country from this base.
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    Roswell Army Air Field and Walker Air Force Base was home to the Strategic Air Command’s strongest fighting force. At the time of its closing it was the largest base in the Strategic Air Command.
    While a good portion of the museum covers the history of the base a new display, “Peace Through Strength,” is the centerpiece. Peace Through Strength features materials, memorabilia, and a timeline for the Walker Air Force Base from December 1, 1945 through November 23, 1955. It was during this period that the base entered a new phase of operation as a major part of the Strategic Air Command, maintaining peace throughout the world during the Cold War.
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    The display begins with events that brought World War II to an end. The 509th Bomb Wing traces its historical roots to its World War II ancestor, the 509th Composite Group, a unit formed with one mission in mind: to drop the atomic bomb. The group made history on August 6, 1945, when the B-29 “Enola Gay,” piloted by Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The “Bockscar,” piloted by Maj. Charles Sweeney visited the Japanese mainland three days later and dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
    In late 1945, the group settled into Roswell Army Air Base, later named Walker Air Force Base, where it became the core of the newly formed Strategic Air Command. In August 1946, the renamed 509th Bombardment Group returned to the Pacific to participate in Operation Crossroads. During this operation, the B-29 Dave’s Dream dropped an atomic bomb on an armada of obsolete and captured ships moored off the Bikini Atoll.
    The 6th Bombardment Wing (Medium) was activated at Walker Air Force Base on January 2, 1951. The unit consisted of the 24th, 39th and 40th Bomb Squadrons and was equipped with B-29 Superfortress, B-36 Peacemaker, the KC-135, and the B-52. The 307th AREFS was also attached until 1952 and operated KB-29s. Information about all of these aircraft and others stationed at WAFB during this time period is on display.
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    The new display features a flight jacket and other memorabilia from the estate of Col. Clyde H. Camp, Jr. USAF Ret., who was Base Commander at WAFB from 1954-1957, following his Korean Bombing Mission.
    From 1961 until 1965 the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron and its Atlas missiles were part of the 6th Bombardment Wing. The museum also houses a permanent display funded by a grant from the 579th Missile Squadron Reunion Group.
    For the gun enthusiast there is a display of WWII era Russian, German, and Japanese rifles and bayonets donated by Walker Vet Roger Grommesch. In addition to these items and information about the planes and crews stationed at WAFB during this period, the new display provides a fascinating glimpse into family life in the military and at WAFB
    The Walker Aviation Museum is located inside the Roswell International Airport, #1 Jerry Smith Circle, and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Special arrangements can be made for groups and out-of-town guests by calling the museum, 575-347-2464. The museum is free and open to the public. The museum’s website is www.wafbmuseum.org.
     
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    Nice reviews, visited the Yorktown at Charlston last week. Check out Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque if you get that way.
     
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    Well it looks like I'm busted!!! Stay tuned for the review of Unser. The blog is running behind. Some days we go to three or four different places and I don't want to do four write ups in a day. Typically on a travel day I don't blog and there are some days I just get back to late to have the energy to do it! We spent two weeks in Albuquerque (spoiler alert - this may be the place where we 'winter over' once we are to old to travel) and have plenty to write about! We are know in Gila Bend, AZ and adding to the backlog! and if anyone knows cool places that they want to go send me a post and I may be your advanced scout!
     
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    Roswell museum and art center

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    As we travel we find ourselves taking in a lot of museums. I may actually start becoming cultured (sounds like yogurt!). What I’m finding is that my horizons are broadening. I now have three classifications for art – “art I like”, “art I don’t like”, and “how the hell did this get classified as ‘art’!”. I’m finding that the small, city galleries tend to have the first two categories and and the bigger city galleries and the college galleries sprinkle in some of the third category. When you are in Roswell, NM you won’t have to worry about anything being in the third category. The Roswell Museum and Art Center, located in the downtown area, was founded in 1935 through an agreement between the City of Roswell, Works Progress Administration (WPA), Federal Art Project (FAP), Chaves County Archaeological and Historical Society, and the Roswell Friends of Art. The Museum opened in 1937, deriving its initial support from the WPA as part of a Depression era project to promote public art centers nationwide. Today, the Roswell Museum and Art Center is among a handful of these Federal Art Centers that remain in operation. In its proposed plan, the WPA established that “the root of the community art center idea is participation by the entire community in all forms of art experience…” The stated purpose of the Museum was “to serve the art needs of Roswell [through] continuously changing exhibitions in the fine and practical arts, lectures and gallery talks [music programs and an art school where classes were offered free to the public]. From the outset, the Roswell Museum and Art Center established itself as a cultural and educational locus for the community. When the WPA restructured in 1941, the City of Roswell assumed control of the Museum and a donor program brought in works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, John Marin, and others.
    Esther Goddard also gifted the museum with one of its most significant historical collections: Dr. Robert H. Goddard's material research on liquid-fuel rockets. Goddard's rocket tower now stands in the museum's courtyard. In the Robert H. Goddard exhibit, visitors may see a moon rock donated by Harrison Schmitt from the Apollo 17 Mission. In 1967, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program was established through the support of local artist and philanthropist Donald B. Anderson. The first Artist-in-Residence was American painter and Taos resident, Howard Cook. In the 1990s, the museum received a collection of western art and historical artifacts donated by Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston. Since its initial emergence, the Roswell Museum and Art Center has grown into a 50,000 square foot facility that includes twelve galleries dedicated to the exhibition of art and history.
    As I become more pinky-in-the-air sophisticated I am noticing that each museum seems to have at least one display that really catches my attention. The Roswell Art Center had two. The first was some late 1930s hand crafted furniture. The workmanship was just incredible.
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    The second was an extensive firearms collection. Hey, it's all art!!!
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    The museum operates the Patricia Lubben Bassett Art Education Center, which opened in 1998 as a learning facility in the state of New Mexico. The facility supports a museum-school-community creative exchange that provides arts education opportunities for all ages. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is southern New Mexico’s preeminent museum, lauded for the quality of its exhibitions, programs, and collections.
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    While I am not sure of your taste in art, The Roswell Museum and Art Center and mostly art that I liked. The museum is free but accepts (and is worthy of your) donations.
     
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    I have to be careful or something like this may come out of my mouth.
     
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    Robert Goddard Planetarium

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    Is it just me, or do all campers like to sit around the campfire, look up and try to find Polaris – the North Star – and then see how many planets and constellations we can find? I’ve gone so far as load the Skyview app on my phone. Lori has also turned into quite the amateur astronomer. So when we find a planetarium, especially one that is community centered and inexpensive we try to take in a show or two. While we were in Roswell, NM we noticed that there was a planetarium in the downtown area. The museum is actually part of the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium was built through an initiative shared by the museum and the Roswell Independent School District in 1968. Once considered the largest planetarium in New Mexico, it is capable of reproducing the night sky as seen from any point on earth. The multimedia laboratory features an Astronomy Resource Center and hosts the Roswell Astronomy Club "Star Parties". The planetarium continues its partnership with the museum and school district through educational and public programming – including such activities as Space Camp, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's informal science education resource "ViewSpace," and other family science events and activities.

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    The Planetarium is home to a state-of-the-art, full-dome digital theater system with Digistar 6 programming. This immersive experience brings the captivating story of our cosmic origins to life like never before. Shows will be presented on a seasonally rotating schedule so check ahead and be sure to attend one when you are in the area. Shows include a full-dome film accompanied by a star presentation and last approximately 40 minutes. Cost is around $5. The show we attended dealt with the life cycle of the universe – how it was created and how science predicts it will end. While some of the content was over my head and clearly designed to keep the more astronomically minded engaged, the remained was entertaining and informative.
     
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    Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

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    Roswell, NM is a unique city, not just for its ability to rebound from a devastating blow to its economy but for its ability to really engage two different types of tourist. Roswell suffered a major economic setback when the Air Force closed Walker Air Force Base, at the time the largest Strategic Air Command Base. After time Roswell grasped the UFO fascination and has become the UFO capital even hosting an annual convention. But Roswell is also an Art Mecca, having not one but two art museums The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1994 to showcase works of art produced by former fellows of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. Today, more than 400 diverse works of art enliven its nine galleries and 22,000 square feet of exhibition space. Now if you are like me you automatically associate “contemporary art” with abstract art. For me abstract art falls into my second (art I don’t like) category. So I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the museum to find a painting that I actually thought was a photograph!
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    The detail on this painting was amazing! What I liked about this museum is that it has a very diverse collection of photographs, paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. For instance someone has finally found a useful purpose for a golf bag!!!
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    The museum provides a snapshot of the evolving issues in art since the 1967 inception of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. Works range from figurative to non-objective and showcase the diversity of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. Few other museums provide a similar focus on contemporary visual art with such an eclectic range of form and content. The Anderson Museum is free but welcomes donations. Please be generous and maybe we can keep art that falls into my third category (How the hell can they call that art!) out of this place!
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    Good stuff! My dad (RIP) told me about when he was stationed on Kwajalein, they used it as a staging area for the Eniwetok test. I really need to pull that recording off my phone and transcribe it.
     
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